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Is it generally easier to lateral from in-house to in-house than law firm to in-house?

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Almost always easier, IMO. I certainly prefer a candidate to have some firm experience but definitely place a premium on any in-house experience they have. There’s a lot of differences in-house than in a firm and I’d prefer those to be learned in-house on someone else’s dime and time if at all possible.

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SC1 — what is considered a crappy in-house job?

That’s a very big it depends. Practice area, years of experience, current company/firm, and desired company play a role in determining this

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Thank you for your insight!!

Yes totally in my opinion. Based on personal experience, USA companies prefer the in-house experience over law firms unless you’re a major litigator or lobbyist at government with serious connections , or a famous big law firm partner with major experience trying cases or conducting blockbuster M&A deals

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Thank you for the insight!! This is what I was thinking as well and a pay cut to get my foot in the door might be totally invaluable in the long run.

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i'm trying to go from inhouse privacy to firm, thoughts?

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I’m also in privacy and considered this when I switched jobs last fall. I interviewed at 2 firms but at the end of the day I prefer the work I get to do in-house over the work I would have done at a firm. Firms seemed receptive to hiring former in-house privacy counsel so it’s definitely possible.

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